Thursday, July 30, 2015

NEW PRODUCTS Share & Prepare Link Up! ~ July 30, 2015

OMG It's almost August???

I am not ready for BTS!  I need a summer first!  Hopefully I can get in some relaxation days before we go back!  How have you all been enjoying your summer?!  I'd love to hear all about it and live vicariously through you! :)

Anyway, today I am linking up again with Once Upon a Classroom for her Share & Prepare Linky!

I have been hard at work getting some products ready for my own classroom this year!  Once they are ready, I have been busy getting them TpT ready just for you!

Here is my newest product!  Check it out and if you like it, wishlist it and come back August 2 & 3rd for the TpT Storewide SALE!

Okay, so this has been a work in progress since I wanted to start this center last year!

I have been working on creating seasonal/holiday pocket chart centers for my students and finally finished this summer!  My firsties LOVED this center and I swear they never got sick of it!  I kept each set of cards in a ziplock bag and I have a rubbermaid where I keep all my seasonal centers.  When the season/holiday changed, I just pulled out the new cards and it was a whole new center for the kids!  

These centers also really helped with sentence structure, fluency, and grammar!

I don't know what it is about 1st Graders but one day they know a sentence has to start with a capital letter and the next day they have no clue! :)  I try to get in as much practice with that and punctuation as I can!  (I am a grammar nazi at heart!)

To check out this product, CLICK HERE!

These are all of the packs included in the bundle!

Also, do not forget to stop back and enter this amazing TPT Giveaway with almost 40 TpT Sellers!  Get some AWESOME BTS items for FREE!!!!

Thanks for spending this Share and Prepare Thursday with me!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Back to School Tips Link Up!

OMG seriously, is it BTS time already?  I feel like I have not gotten a summer at all.  I started my last 8 credits for my Masters & it's killing me!  Plus, I am in a 3 year STEM program so even though summer school ends this week (finally), I have to do a week of STEM in August!  If that is not enough to steal my summer, I work at a priority school so we have a ton of meetings!  Oh yeah, did I mention I am pregnant? LOL  So, lack of energy definitely has not helped this situation.  On a good note, I am going to finally take next summer off! :)

Okay okay, enough ranting and whining!  Sorry, I just had to get that out!

On to my BTS tip!  I am linking up with Hanging Around in Primary for her BTS Linky!  For some awesome tips, check out all the blogs on the link up!  There are some amazing tips I would have never thought of!

My 1st BTS Tip

My first tip is for OPEN HOUSE night.  We do open house the week before school starts.  I finally got this organized last year!

I set up STATIONS for my parents and students to visit as a self-guided tour in case I get busy talking or helping someone out!

So, these are the stations I set up....

First, is the school supplies station!  Students can sort their supplies when they bring them in and this makes it so much easier on the first day of school!

Next is the volunteer sign up station.  We have an FBI Program (Families Being Involved) and I also like to have a sheet of parents who are willing to help out in the classroom!  They have to get a background check in order to help so I also have that form here.

SNACK sign up!  This year, I had the families pick a DATE that they would bring in snack every month.  This worked SO MUCH BETTER!  I still had to send some reminders sometimes but having the same date every month made it easier for parents to remember!

So, if a parent chose the 16th, then every month on the 16th, they would bring in snack.  I would copy the monthly snack schedule onto the back of my newsletter as a reminder as well.  If their date fell on a weekend, then they would just send it the Friday before or the Monday after!

Since I am a Whole Brain Teaching Staff/Intern, I have parents sign a video/picture permission slip.  I am currently updating this to include specific social media for schools that are more particular.  Our school does not require anything so I use this basic form & just keep them all on file!  This year, I am also going to have a CLOSED Facebook group just for my class.  I feel like this is the best way to keep parents up to date with what their child is doing!

You can get the permission slips & a Whole Brain Teaching explanation letter for FREE in my TpT Store by clicking here!

I found this awesome Information flip packet but I cannot find where I got it!  I searched my TpT purchases and the product but there is no logo or information anywhere!

I hate not being able to give credit!  But this flipbook worked out perfectly!  Much better than handing out a million papers that parents will probably never read.  This year, I would like to make magnets with important information but I am waiting to find a good deal!

The last station I had is for the kiddos!  I put out a BTS coloring sheet & fun paper for them to do while their parents are busy filling out a million forms :)

Next to this is my classroom library that they can also visit and read books!

How do you set up your room for parent visitors?  I would love to hear some more ideas!  Comment and let me know!

MY 2nd BTS Tip

My 2nd tip is DATA FOLDERS!  Get these things ready for the 1st week of school to introduce to your students!  Make it a working document and let students know THEY ARE IN CHARGE!

I downloaded a Data Folder from Andrea Knight last year.  I loved having my kiddos in charge of tracking their own data!  I am currently in the process of making supplements to this so I can work in Common Core Standards and Whole Brain Teaching!

I will definitely be posting when this is ready!

The first addition to these folders will be my spelling check ups from my Spelling, Fluency, and Sight Word Unit!

I am also going to make a graph for words from Super Speed 100 and Super Speed 1000 so that students can track their progress on their own sight word knowledge.  They do this anyway in these games by recording their level on the progress page when they advance, however, for admins & parents, I wanted to have a graph in their data folders to be able to show as well!

Here is one of my students from last year graphing is progress in number recognition!

Students also graph their reading levels.

I also put Super Speed games in this folder!  This is my formal super speed assessment but students also have copies in their desk to play during center time or if they earn it from Scoreboard!

I buy the vinyl folders from Walmart for $0.50!  SO WORTH IT!  They last all year!

Okay, so that's it for my BTS Tips!  I hope you found something helpful!  Please comment and let me know how you prepare for back to school!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Made It ~ July 27th, 2015

OMG it has been awhile since I posted a Monday Made It!  I have had such a busy year so far!  I bought a house in February & got married in April!  I cannot wait to blog about all the wedding DIY I did!  I have so much to share!  So.... let's get started!

I did almost everything for the wedding myself, including my bouquet!  I made this from flowers I found at Hobby Lobby and just had to have!  Then I had a ton of pearls that I found from the thrift shop (started shopping early!) so I used those to wrap it up.  I had some jewels that I also got from a thrift shop that I put all around in the flowers.  The jewel in the picture though, is actually my something old.  My mom's ring that she got from her mom! <3

My other big news from this year is that I was asked to come on board as Whole Brain Teaching Staff!  I am working toward certification and am so honored and blessed to be able to work with such amazing teachers!  So I have been hard at work getting my classroom ready to step my WBT game up!  

Here are some things I have created!

This unit is BRAND NEW!  I will be running a flash freebie on this sometime soon so be sure to follow my TpT Store and WBT Facebook Page to catch the FREEBIE!

There are over 75 pages of activities to use with WBT's SuperSpeed 100!

Get this unit by CLICKING HERE!

I actually quit actually teaching spelling for the past 2 years because the lists & books we were given never made sense!  I feel like it confused the kids even more & they never retained it!  

Why was I teaching them to spell words when we had not even studied them yet!  

So, when I started using WBT's Super Speed Games, my students were reading the words like pro's but they would still have trouble spelling them when they were writing.  I am sort of a spelling/grammar nazi so I decided I NEEDED to teach spelling again!

So, I created this unit that works with Super Speed 100!  Now sight words, fluency, AND SPELLING all makes sense again!

I will eventually be working on an advanced version of this unit to go along with Super Speed 1000 but who knows when that might be ready!
I have also created a Speed Read Unit to go along with both Super Speed 100 and Super Speed 1000! (Which you can also download for FREE in my store!)

I wanted some easy but different ways for my students to practice these words & these are also perfect to leave with a sub!

And now a FREEBIE!  I have updated the WBT Rules to include the new DIAMOND rule!  You can get your copy for FREE by clicking the link above!

Okay, next BIG NEWS for the year!

For those of you who do not know, I have a daughter who actually turns 13 today!  So, now we are starting all over with a little boy!  This ultrasound is from awhile ago so yeah, I do not see anything either!  :)  

We are super excited but I am also nervous to leave my classroom!  I would love to hear some tips from those of you who have been on maternity leave before!  When I had my daughter I was not a teacher yet!  Leave me a comment to let me know how you cope! .... Especially since I am sort of a control freak when it comes to my class!

This one is still sort of a work in progress.  I am creating a progressive Add the Room bundle!  So far, I have September and October posted in my store!  These are based off the Common Core Standards & will progress along with the standards.  

All students love to read, write, and add the room!  Plus, it is a perfect activity for assessment!

Thank you so much for sharing this Monday Made It with me!  

I hope to hear from you!  

Monday, July 20, 2015

WBT 122 Amazing Games: Chapter 6 ~ Reading Games

Welcome to Chapter 6!
This chapter has so many amazing resources that we couldn't just talk about it on here!  We are also going to be periscoping about this!  Catch us live or watch the reply for up to 24 hours!  Not on periscope yet?  Check it out!  I promise you will love it!  Plus, Coach B is on there giving out a TON of WBT information that you do not want to miss!

Okay so let's get started!

I made this little graphic as a resource to remind myself of all the games I can choose from when I need to grab something from my back pocket!

So the games that are already on the Whole Brain Teaching website are:

SuperSpeed Phonics, 100, and 1000
Electronic Rhyming Reader
Genius Ladder
Crazy Professor Reading Game

I start the year with SuperSpeed 100.  If I have struggling readers, I pull out my BiffyToons binder.  I have printed off all the biffytoons, laminated them, and put them in a binder for practice and reference for struggling students.  I also have SuperSpeed 1000's on hand for my advanced learners.  If they can pass the SS 100 challenge in 1 minute, I will let them move up!  

I just posted my Speed Read for the year in my TpT Store that you can get HERE!

This is a resource I made and just based the levels and order of words off of SuperSpeed 100 and 1000.

I have not done Spelling for the past 2 years either because I hated our spelling curriculum.  None of the words made sense in the order they were presented and my students never really retained the information.  Now that I have these AMAZING WBT resources, I wanted to incorporate some spelling back into my day.  I noticed last year that even with all the work on reading the sight words that we were doing, the students still struggled with spelling them.  And I admit, I am a grammar/spelling Nazi... just as my husband!  Yes, I correct his text messages!  :)  So anyway, I started working on a Spelling Unit to accompany SuperSpeed as well!  Here is a preview!

I wrote out each list to include 10 levels.  Then I made word wall cards and a list to laminate and post at the Spelling Center.

I have about 11 centers that are ready to print and use!  I also included an extra sheet with more center ideas!

There is a find and graph sheet for every list.  This could be used during morning work or independent centers time.

Then I decided to take it a step farther and add color coded fluency sentence strips!  These are ready to laminate and cut to use in your center to promote fluency!  Each strip is correlated to the word wall words!

I hate the word TEST so I made Spelling Checks.  I made them so they can be differentiated as well!

I will come back to update when this is ready to go on TpT!

Back to the reading games....
I do not use the rhyming reader in 1st Grade but if students need extra reinforcement in rhyming words, it is a great game!

After I teach Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives, I will move into the Genius Ladder.  You can find more information on how I use Genius Ladder by CLICKING HERE!

I am so embarrassed to admit this but I have not yet used the Crazy Professor Game!  It is on my list to implement this year!  I have to remind myself it's okay though because I have only been doing WBT for about a year and a half! ;)

Musical Readers
Adjective Mime
Guess My Adjective
Read Alouds (Desk World)
Picture Walks
Battleships & Loveboats at the Movies
Inviso Comics

So I am not going to talk about all of these games (buy the book here!) but I will talk about a couple of my new faves that I am going to try this year!

1. Guess My Adjective...
If you 1st graders are anything like mine (Coach B talks about this too!), you hear the same adjectives all the time!  Fat, little, big, small, hairy, ugly, etc.... BORING!  Coach had a brilliant idea to find a story at your student's reading level and copy and paste into a word doc.  Take out the adjectives and replace them with question marks.  Pair up students and have them read the story together replacing the question marks with as many different adjectives as possible.  Be sure you keep a copy of the original story because when the students are done reading, you will call on a couple students to share their adjective choices and then DRAMATICALLY reveal the author's choice!  How fun is this?!  Also, Coach suggests to have students keep a journal of their favorite adjectives when you play this so they have a resource when they need it!  I plan to use this in the beginning of the year when I am working on the genius ladder!

2. Read Aloud Desk World
I am loving Coach's idea of desk world!  Turn your 1st two fingers into desk world people?  What kid could resist this?!  So the idea is when you are reading a story out loud to the students, at any point, whenever you want, yell out "Desk World!" and the students will walk their fingers around on their desk acting out the story!  I am thinking depending on the story, it would be a good idea to adjust this a little and yell out "Desk World Teach!" and the students would use their fingers to act out the story AND explain it or restate it to their neighbor!  "I hate reading!" will be a statement of the past!

So that wraps up Chapter 6!  Don't forget to join us Wednesday, July 22nd at 5:30pm CST on periscope to discuss this chapter some more and share ideas!

Happy WHOLE BRAIN Teaching!